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Monogamous and territorial – my common traits with woodpeckers

Photo by Mark Moschell/Flickr

Living in Virginia, it’s easy to take the Blue Ridge Mountains for granted. But if you pay attention, there’s a mystery to them that many don’t appreciate — including the companies who want to build natural gas pipelines through them.


Groups challenge W.Va. certification for proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

The James River Spinymussel crew of Craig County outside the first of two public hearings on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Contact: Gabby Brown, Sierra Club, Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices,, 434-293-6373 Richmond, VA — Environmental groups filed suit today challenging West Virginia’s certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport fracked gas across West Virginia and Virginia.


Following the White Blaze

For nearly 70 years, adventurous souls have been thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. People embark on the challenge for various reasons, but no one who makes the journey is ever the same again.


Pipeline Construction Would Scar Appalachian Trail Vistas

If constructed, the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines would permanently mar several majestic vistas along the Appalachian Trail. Local residents and avid hikers voice concerns.


Southwest Virginia Gets a New Brand and Other Shorts

Southwest Virginia get s new brand, Appalachian Youth discuss Just Economic Transition and other short stories from across Appalachia.


The National Park Service Turns 100

The National Park Service turned 100 years old this summer and celebrations continue throughout the fall.


Region experienced wider, more intense forest fires this spring

Forest fires in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia were more intense than usual this spring, resulting in the temporary closure of several sections of the Appalachian Trail.


Student Influences State Reptile Selection and other shorts

An 11-year-old influenced the selection of Virginia’s official state snake, 17-year cicada brood is expected in northern West Virginia and Ohio, Tennessee legislators push for wilderness designation in the Cherokee National Forest and more.


Trek to the Top of Mt. Cammerer

Mt. Cammerer firetower. Photo by Thomas Gaines,

Enjoy a strenuous 11-mile hike to the top of Mt. Cammerer, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike culminates with a view of the Pigeon River Gorge 3,000 feet below and the opportunity to stroll around the catwalk of the historic fire tower at Mt. Cammerer’s peak.


Designing Endurance on the Appalachian Trail

Researchers are seeking to protect the Appalachian Trail from growing hiker use and increasingly erratic weather patterns.